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FORTitude Teen Workshops 

Our original series of teen workshops incorporate evidence-led best practices in mindfulness and positive psychology to promote a positive sense of identity and well-being and equip teens with strategies to cope with the ups and downs of being a teen.

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I Am Powerful

Explore how to change your mindset and boost resiliency, control how you care for your mind and body for health and strength, use emotions for growth, and control how you show up in your relationships.
at Crossroads with Susan Talbott

Wednesdays, May 25 - June 15 at 6:30 PM

I Am Enough

Build individual awareness and acceptance, explore ways to reach your full potential and purpose, and embrace your value to yourself and those around you.
at Rust Library in Leesburg with Tori Klier

Tuesdays, June 7 - June 28 at 6 PM

I Am Valuable

Identify and appreciate the value of your ideas, opinions, imagination, and contributions. Build empathy and compassion for better relationships.
at Crossroads with Elena Boyle

Wednesdays, June 29 - July 20 at 6:30 PM

Space is limited to ensure that each participant is given the opportunity to engage with the leaders and other participants in a meaningful, mindful way. For consideration in participating in the FORTitude Teen Workshop, we request a fully refundable $40 deposit. At the end of the 4 workshops, deposit will be refunded in full if participant attends in all 4 workshops, without exception. 

All workshops are interactive so registrants must attend ready to participate (if virtual, with cameras on)! 

Each registration is for a four-week session on a particular theme.

Workshops are for teens, ages 13 - 18.

Middle school students younger than 13, please call (571) 207-8764 to discuss whether the workshop is a good fit.

Workshop Creators

Want to learn more?

If you missed our parental panel on this topic where you could also meet our workshop creators, you can still replay it on our Facebook page

 

You can also learn more about our great workshop facilitators and partners below:

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Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Ofosu is a mindfulness teacher, father and musician from the Washington DC area. He has been teaching the Insight Meditation Community of Washington's (IMCW) Family Meditation Class since 2008. Ofosu has been working with Minds Inc, in bringing mindfulness practice to schools, working with students directly in the classroom since 2014 and as a volunteer teacher at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) for their teen retreats. Ofosu is currently leading an eight week mindfulness program for high school students in Washington DC via City Kids. Ofosu also co-teaches adult classes and meditation retreats at various centers around the country and has led mindfulness workshops for formerly incarcerated persons of color through DC based nonprofits. 

An accomplished musician, Ofosu also performs both domestically and internationally as a Hip Hop and Electronic Music artist. He often incorporates music into his teachings, creating a unique and special atmosphere for fellow practitioners.  He recently wrote a book for families called “You Are Enough” with endorsements from Tara Brach, Gil Fronsdal and La Sarmiento. 

Ofosu is also a voice over talent, having lent his voice to programs on Sesame Studios as well as Sprout Network's cartoon "Ollie and Moon" and is the “male voice” on the new mindfulness app Balance. Ofosu's writings on how he teaches mindfulness in a simple, fun and effective way have been published by Lion’s Roar magazine, and he has been profiled by NBC News and the Washington Post

Want to learn more?

If you missed our parental panel on this topic where you could also meet our workshop creators, you can still replay it on our Facebook page

 

You can also learn more about our great workshop facilitators and partners below:

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Dr Cam Caswell

Dr Cam has been working with parents and teens as a family coach for over 15 years. She received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University, where she also worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Susanne Denham and was recognized for her superb teaching as a professor of Adolescent Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Cam is a Certified Professional Success Coach (CPSC), has served as a high school youth leader for over 10 years, and is an active member of the Advance Your Reach Accelerator Program. She published her first book, Power Phrases for Parents: Teen Edition in 2015. Since then she has been speaking about adolescent development and parent education at local schools, national organizations, on television, podcasts, and most recently on NPR (https://drcamconsulting.com/invite-dr-cam-to-speak) After her presentation at the Nysmith School, the coordinator wrote, “The best Parent Education event the school has ever had.”

Dr. Cam hosts a weekday podcast 'Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam' and has also created a series of online parenting courses including, “How to Have a Peaceful, Positive Relationship with Your Teen.”

Dr. Cam uses her fun, interactive style to unpack frustrating adolescent behavior and empowers her clients and audiences to work with their teen's wiring rather than against it—boosting the development of a positive, healthy sense of self rather than unwittingly eroding it. Parents leave her sessions feeling hopeful, supported, and motivated for change.

 

Workshop Facilitators

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Tori Klier

Tori Klier is a second grade teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools. She has been working with students for 13 years in a variety of settings including summer camps, classrooms, tutoring, and mentoring. Tori graduated from James Madison University as an undergrad in 2017 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a concentration in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. She also earned an Honors Emphasis in Creativity and a minor in Special Education. In 2019, she earned her Masters in Elementary Education also from James Madison University while engaging in the Harrisonburg community as a tutor and mentor for Tanzanian refugee children. 

Tori has managed  her own anxiety and depression since high school using mindfulness and lifestyle practices. She hopes to be able to share her story with others to inspire them to take positive steps in their life. While teaching second grade, Tori has implemented a new social emotional learning curriculum in her classroom focusing on emotion management, mindfulness, problem solving and strategies for success.  While not teaching and working with students to live their best lives, Tori enjoys being active and staying outside as a runner and a hiker. Tori also loves spending time painting, reading, and playing with her dog, Juno.  

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Susan Talbott

Susan Talbott has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University. She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Steve Zappalla, LPC, in Reston, VA. Following her residency as a counselor in the state of Virginia, she too will pursue confirmation as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Susan proudly interned as a graduate student under the supervision of Denisha Hamilton, LCSW, as well as Steve Zappalla. Working with clients since the summer of 2020, Susan's experience thus far has largely been with adolescents, parents of adolescents, and young adults. Susan lives in Loudoun with her husband, their whippet, and during summer and holidays, her two college-aged children (a boy and a girl). 

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Elena Boyle

Elena Boyle serves as the Program Manager and oversees the implementation and adjustment of the foundation's programs. 

Elena double majored in Social Work and Psychology at her undergraduate program. She is certified in Handle with Care, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and is a Qualified Mental Health Professional in Virginia. Elena has a variety of experience in mental health ranging from crisis intervention to mental health skill building, she also works as Probation Counselor at the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center, where she uses mindfulness to promote growth in juvenile residents. She has always pursued mental health and wellness as a part of her educational and professional careers. 

The transition into program management at Ryan Bartel Foundation has allowed Elena to continue to explore her passion for mental health and wellness in a space that promotes affirmation and community partnership. She enjoys using her field insight to take steps forward. In her (scarce) free time, Elena enjoys coaching and playing ice hockey, anything chocolate, exercising and hiking! 

She lives in Herndon with her partner and their two cats, Pants and Pandora. 

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Tanya Bittenbender

If Tanya had a superpower it would be to protect children from trauma and end their suffering. As superpowers are elusive, she chooses to help people along their life journey in the ways she can. To this end, she is working on her masters in social work through Virginia Commonwealth University with the aim of becoming a school social worker. She is currently engaged in her first field placement in Northern Virginia Family Service’s therapeutic foster care program. She also works full-time at NVFS as the right-hand to the CEO and board of directors. NVFS is a $35 million nonprofit with nine direct service programs across Northern Virginia. Prior to NVFS, Tanya worked in regional and local nonprofits in multiple capacities including community relations, volunteer and program management as well as executive management. She has significant volunteer experience including teaching ESL to Loudoun residents and employment skills in Loudoun County’s Adult Detention Center.  

 

When not writing papers for school, Tanya enjoys teaching and volunteering for the Ryan Bartel Foundation, writing, hiking and CrossFit with her best friend, and morning coffee. Tanya lives in Leesburg with two rescue pups, Ozzie and Mabel, who laze about her house, and two college-aged children, Annie and Max, who come and go at will. 

 
 
 
 

Enjoy this mindful moment from our Teen Workshops!

Want to learn more?
Check out our parent panel on this topic and hear from our workshop creators.